Hello Kickstarter Supporters!
It has been a wild ride since we raised our funding (thanks to you) on Kickstarter. The campaign had some other great ripple effects. Here is a recap-
First, we recently shipped off a Softwalks seat to a scaffold company in Brazil. Considering the new construction initiatives related to the World Cup and the Olympics, it seems like the ideal time to humanize scaffolding systems in Brazil. We will let everyone know if anything develops from this relationship!
Second, out of the blue we were given the opportunity to present Softwalks at Design INDABA in Cape Town, South Africa. Thanks to Parsons, we gave a pecha kucha presentation to 1,700 enthusiastic design professionals at this amazing event (video soon to come!)
Last, we have struck up new discussions with a transportation charity in the UK as well as an organization in Finland. Both are engaged in urban innovation and design issues, and we are exploring ways to potentially work with them.
On the home front in NYC, things are heating up with preparations for Ideas City and the Pilot Project. We are working with a sidewalk shed contractor to find a pilot project site as we speak. Recently a slew of articles (this one, that one, or another one) were published about sidewalk sheds, and it only aids our efforts.
As we move forward we will make periodic updates to keep everyone informed. If you want more timely updates find us on Facebook or Twitter for a less curated selection of information.
For those folks in NYC, we plan on hosting a little party once we have a pilot project site secured. Hope you can make it! Until then - enjoy the spring.
(Bland and Howard)